ARKANSAS OUTLAWS

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" THE HOLD UP OF PASSENGER TRAIN NO. 51 "

( FOLLOW UP TO A FAST TRAIN HELD UP , CONDUCTOR KILLED -  ARTICLE BELOW  )

Source - November 4 , 1893 - Kansas City Star

OUTLAWS IN ARKANSAS

A Fast Train Held Up , Conductor Killed

Little Rock , Ark. Nov 1- The Cannon Ball express train of the Iron Mountain road was held up by seven masked men at Ohphant , seven miles north of Newport , at 1 o'clock this morning and after killing Conductor J.P. McNalley , who fired on the outlaws , the men robbed the express car and the passengers.

When the train stopped at Ohphant , a small lumber town of 300 people in White county , two men jumped on the engine and firemen , warned them to keep still , threatening to blow their brains out if they moved a muscle . Five other men at the same time surrounded the express car , which was open , and began firing from their revolvers.

Conductor S.P. McNalley rushed to the platform revolver in hand and returned the robbers' fire , but before he had succeded in wounding any of them he was shot and killed. The robbers then entered the express car , overpowered the messenger and looted the car. Then leaving two men to guard the train the others entered the coaches and sleepers , and at the muzzles of revolvers relieved the passengers of their valuables. They then left with a parting volley , taking a notherly direction.

A telgram was at once sent to the sheriff at Newport , who formed a posse and started a pursuit . An engine was dispatched to Augusta for blood hounds and telegrams were sent here for assistance. A special train left at 1:05 carrying a posse and a pack of blood hounds. No ideas of the amount of money secured by the robbers can be given.

It is thought the robbers boarded the train here and kept concealed util Ohphant was reached. While going through the passengers one of the robbers made the remark that they wanted no laboring man's money . Nevertheless they took from a cotton picker , the reap of nearly a season's work.

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Source - December 24 , 1885 - Arkansas Gazette

THE DANIELS OUTLAWS

A Newspaper Man Visits Jack Daniels in His Hiding Place

Learns the Thrilling Story of Their Arkansas Crimes

The strange story of the troubles of the Daniels brothers in Arkansas. The correspondent after various efforts to reach the Daniels finally succeeded in finding them near Pendergrass.

Sixteen years ago Russell J. Daniel the "Jack" of our story married Miss Lucinda Potts , a lady of excellent family and widely connected. Their courtship was romantic and their marriage was an event of note. Two years later they decided to emigrate to Arkansas , settling in Saline county , where they soon established a good reputation and made hosts of friends. Five years ago they heard wonderful stories of Cedar Suck Valley , a land which surpassed in fertility any that had yet been discovered in Arkansas. Jack decided to move there and sold out his possessions in Saline county.

When Jack Daniel looked upon this rich mountain valley he stood enchanted. It was goverment land , subject to pre-emption by actual settlers. Jack selected a spot on the south side od Cedar Suck creek , just within the mountain chain and was the first man to lay claim to any part of it. Jim Daniel selected a site just outside of the valley at the intersection of Cedar Suck and Ion's creed , while next to him on Ion's creek lived R______ . This was the beginning of the bitter struggle between the men over the land . That resulted in so much blodshed , which Daniel detailed to the corespondent . The Daniels brothers were from this time forward prescribed men , hunted by the authorities and dealing death wherever they could. The incident of their capturing a church while service was going on is still fresh in the memory of many and the battle of Pine Log ,where being hunted with bloodhounds , they stood at bay and several officers and citizens were killed. The outlaws finally gotout of the state , floating down the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers in a skiff to New Orleans . They finally returned to Georgia where they now are securely hidden away. His wife was murdered or committed suicide , Daniel believes was murdered , but the children got back to Georgia and are now with their father Jack Daniel.

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Source - October 22, 1869 - Morning Republic

ANOTHER OF THE FISHER GANG SNUFFED OUT

Major Anderson , the sheriff of Crawford county , Arkansas has just returned from McDonald county , Mo. where he has been in pursuit of Fisher gang of outlaws , with what success the following account will show ; The Major with a party of resolute men set out for south west Missouri , having received information that the Fishers were about to hibernate for the winter in that vicinity. In wondering their way through a dense wilderness , which seemed never to have been traveled , the pursuing party suddenly came upon the outlaws just as they were about to sit down to dinner. The Major quietly posted his men at proper distances from the camp , with a view of preventing escape , and the demanded the party to surrender.

There were but five of the gang , yet they fired upwards of one hundred shots. It is supposed that all the gang were more or less wounded , and one , Jim Reed , is known to have received wounds that must prove fatal. His horse , riderless , was soon after captured , his back covered with human gore. Reed is accounted the oldest and most desperate of the tribe , and without the benefits of his counsel and experince the gang cannot flourish but a short time longer.

Major Anderson is determined that the last one of this gang shall into the dust as his own life is in constant peril so long as they are permitted to live .

The Major is again on the war path.

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SOURCE - ARKANSAS GAZETTE - FEB. 4,1896

MURDER AND ROBBERY

FORT SMITH - WORK OF UNKNOWN MARAUDERS IN THE CHEROKEE NATION

News was received here today of a horrible murder and robbery on Lees Creek in the Cherokee Nation twenty five miles north of here on Friday night last. Unknown of here on Friday night last. Unknown marauders broke into the residence of Jack Lasley , a prominent Cherokee , murdering him and a young man named Mack Glass , and seriously wounding Lasey's son , who was shot in the mouth. Lasey's son , escaped by flight but has no idea who the robbers were. After committing the murders they ransacked the house and escaped. The boy is unable to talk and nothing can be learned from him.

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SOURCE - ARKANSAS GAZETTE - FEB. 4,1896

HAMBURG - FEBRUARY 3 - Andrew Maxwell was last week sentenced to state's prison for four years for cattle stealing . Taylor William's who was jointly indicted with him turned state's evidence . Williams who was jointly indicted with him turned state's evidence . Williams testimony was startling . He discovered the operations of a gang of outlaws , one of whom threw dynamite into the house of Allen Boy , near Wilmot. There were eighteen persons in the house , principally women and children all of whom escaped without serious injury.

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Source - Dallas Morning News March 31, 1938

Arkansas Prisoners Escape From Jail

Paragould , Ark. March 30

Three prisoners escaped from the Greene County jail here Monday night during a heavy rain and electrical storm.

Deputy Sheriff Ray Cox said the three were Mack Cooper 23 , Beech Grove , charged with hog theft : Charles Arren , 24 and Lloyd Clark , 17 of near Manila both charged with forgery and uttering.

Cox said the trio dug a hole in the wall of the jail and lowered themselves to the ground with a blanket rope. The officer said a wrecking bar , hacksaw and another tool used in the escape apparently had been smuggled to the prisoners. Five other prisoners in the jail refused to join in the break.

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Source - Jonesboro Evening Sun August 26 , 1910

ALLEGED NIGHT RIDERS ON TRIAL THIS AFTERNOON

MANY WITNESSES TESTIFY Are Examined For lntimidating Workman Cutting Bolts for Man Named Williams Held with BAIL fixed AT $1,000 Gaines Norton. and a trio of Carpenter boys. alleged night riders. were in the court of Squire Barnett this afternoon charged with intimidating workmen, who were employed cutting bolts and as teamsters, by a man named Williams at a timber camp near the Craighead and Greene County line. Ben Crowley, of Paragould represented the defendants, while Nathan F. Lamb prosecuted the case for the state.

Many witnesses were called and examined the case occupying the greater part of the desendant claiming that his contract was an uncertain one in regard to the profit on the work and claimed that his men were interfered with and driven from work by the defendants and threats made should they continue to work at the Williams job at the prevailing wages of $2.25 per cord. After the testimony had all been given and the examination through Squire Barnett held the defendants under $1,000 bail for the grand jury.

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